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Teenage Drinking

It is important for both parents and teens to understand the consequences and dangers of underage drinking. Parents should talk to their children about making smart, healthy choices and avoiding alcohol use. Many Voices Smart Choices is a county-wide alliance intended to prevent and reduce substance abuse within Montgomery County. By promoting and providing substance abuse prevention programs and services, Many Voices Smart Choices aims to change the social environment and reduce risk factors for county youth.

Strengthening Families is a nationally recognized program designed to increase effective parenting skills, encourage youth to develop healthy lifestyle skills, and prevent substance abuse. Call (301) 610-0147 or click here for more information on how to get involved. 

Maryland Eviction Procedure

Eviction is a legal procedure. To evict you, a Maryland landlord must go to district court to get a judgment against you. If he gets one, the court will issue an order of eviction and a sheriff will make you leave the home. A landlord who moves a tenant’s belongings out of the home, changes the locks, or cuts off utilities without a court order may be criminally prosecuted and liable for damages. If this happens, tenants should call the police and an attorney or legal services organization.

Montgomery County Police, Non-Emergency: (301) 279-8000

The Montgomery County Emergency Eviction Prevention service provides assistance to evicted families. For help or more information, contact 240-777-3075.

Maryland Housing Search

Maryland Housing Search is a FREE resource for finding and listing rental housing anywhere in Maryland.  The site provides helpful tools to prospective renters, including an affordability calculator, rental checklist, and renter rights and responsibility information. Access to the site is available 24/7. A bilingual helpline is available M-F, 8:00 AM-9:00 PM at 1-877-428-8844.  

Applying for Shelter Services in Montgomery County

DHHS provides coordination of services to homeless individuals and families. Services include: outreach, emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing.

Homeless families can walk-in to any of the following regional offices:

  • MidCounty DHHS Building 1301 Piccard Drive, Rockville, MD 20850
  • DHHS Silver Spring Center 8818 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
  • UpCounty Regional Services Center 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown, MD 20874
  • Neighborhood Service Center at Catholic Charities 12247 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20906
  • Takoma East Silver Spring (TESS) Center 8513 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901
  • Neighborhood Service Center at Family Services, Inc. 200 Girard Street (Suite 203), Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Homeless single adults can walk-in to the Crisis Center to learn of current openings. For more information on Shelter Services, call 240-777-4448. Additionally, homeless families and individuals can access food and/or clothing at the following agencies:

Manna Food Center

Bethesda Cares Clothing Closet

Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington 

Exercise and Fitness

Exercise can be fun as well as good for your body—and it’s great for mental health. Learn how to incorporate more movement into your life, find the right fitness plan for you, and enjoy yourself while you’re at it. Being physically active can ease depression, relieve stress and anxiety, enhance self-esteem, and improve your whole outlook on life. And you don’t have to spend long, boring hours in a gym to reap these benefits. Whatever your age, health limitations, or fitness levels, you can develop an exercise program that’s fun and rewarding and fits your life. read more Visit our Montgomery County Recreation sites 

Healthy Eating: Easy Tips for Planning a Healthy Diet and Sticking to it from

Healthy eating is not about strict dietary limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, improving your outlook, and stabilizing your mood. If you feel overwhelmed by all the conflicting nutrition and diet advice out there, you’re not alone. It seems that for every expert who tells you a certain food is good for you, you’ll find another saying exactly the opposite. But by using these simple tips, you can cut through the confusion and learn how to create a tasty, varied, and healthy diet that is as good for your mind as it is for your body.  read more

Food Supplement Program/SNAP/Food Stamps

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), called the Food Supplement Program (FSP) in Maryland, formerly known as Food Stamps, helps low-income households buy the food they need for good health. Everyone has the right to apply for FSP.

SNAP benefits supplements the grocery budget for low income families and individuals. Many people who receive Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) and Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP) are also eligible to receive Food Stamps. To see if you meet the eligibility requirements for Maryland’s Food Supplement Program (FSP), click here

Persons with Disabilities

Disability Benefits

There are a variety of types of disabilities for which someone may apply for benefits.  These include both physical and psychological/emotional/mental conditions. The application process can be complex but it can be helpful to understand the different types of disability income benefits, and which may be appropriate to a particular situation. Visit the 211  Disability Information page for information on TDAP, SSI and SSDI  

July is Make a Difference to a Child Month

Children rely on mentors to help them grow and develop into strong, smart adults. The small action of a peer, teacher, parent, or other role model could make a big difference in the life of a child. All youth, including at-risk youth, special needs youth, pregnant/parenting teens, and children of incarcerated parents, could benefit from a mentor/buddy program offered through Montgomery County. Training sessions and volunteer opportunities are available. Programs aimed at supporting such youth include One-on-One and group mentoring programs, as well as advising  and tutoring programs. These services are available to Montgomery County children and young adults, and to those looking to be a youth mentor or program volunteer.

Contact Pathway to Services at 301-354-4908 for more information.

FYI-Programs in our Community                                                                  City of Rockville Mentoring Program: This program recruits volunteer mentors to meet weekly for one hour after school with elementary children in City of Rockville schools.   

July is Purposeful Parenting Month

Being a good parent means having the right tools and knowledge to care for and communicate with children. Parents of young children, teens, and young adults can easily access these tools and knowledge through parenting classes, seminars, and workshops. Numerous programs like these are offered to help parents and families work as a stronger unit and are available to parents, foster families, soon-to-be parents, and caregivers within Montgomery County.

Contact Montgomery County’s Childlink at 240-777-4769 for more information about parenting programs.

FYI-Programs in our Community

MCPS Parent Academy provides information to guide parents in helping their children succeed in school.

Ed Bohrer Parent Resource Center offers educational resources and tools to students of all ages, particularly including parents trying to obtain an education or improve their English speaking skills.

The Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) is a nonprofit that provides classes, events and other educational resources to parents and all who care for children, toddlers through teens.

P.E.A.C.E Program is specifically intended to provide families with separated or divorced parents with the skills to maintain family cooperation and continued parental support.

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